First View – Article (published on 28 July 2022)
Brief online Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) sessions for university students: Urgency and surrender
Katrina Skewes McFerran & Denise Elizabeth Grocke
The global pandemic has led many music therapists to reconceive their practices for online delivery. This article describes a small-scale study investigating the provision of brief online Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) sessions for university students. Three participants agreed to be interviewed about their experience of the sessions and a descriptive phenomenological approach was adopted to identify the essential features of the phenomenon using phenomenological reduction from rich descriptions. Individual themes were identified and then classified into global themes of purpose, guiding, music selection, creative resources and outcomes. Two essential features were identified as shared by all three of the university students, which was a sense of urgency leading to involvement and the experience of surrender to the music and the process.
music and imagery, university students, brief therapy, online music therapy
Dr Katrina McFerran is Professor and Head of the Creative Arts Therapy program in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at The University of Melbourne in Australia. She is an international expert on music, music therapy and adolescents and has published numerous books and articles on this topic. She is a registered music therapist and a registered Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) therapist. She recently
co-authored the second edition of Receptive Music Therapy with Denise Grocke. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Dr Denise Grocke is an Emeritus Professor based at The University of Melbourne in Australia where she established the program in 1978. She is Director of Avalon Guided Imagery and Music Training and is an international expert on the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. She has written several books and numerous journal articles on this topic. She is a registered music therapist and a registered Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) therapist. She recently co-authored the second edition of Receptive Music Therapy with Katrina McFerran. [email@example.com]